Antiquity of Advaita Vedanta (was Re: An Open Letter to All)

Ashish Chandra ramkisno at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu May 18 00:36:49 CDT 2000

>From: Rajiv Malhotra <rajiv.malhotra at WORLDNET.ATT.NET>


Maybe I'm just getting caught up in the use of words. But I will give myself
another go at it.

>What does neti neti negate? Every 'thing'.
>So does it also negate Brahman? Clearly not.
>How so? Because Brahman is not-'thing'.

AFAIK, neti neti does not negate per se. It negates the presence of any
qulificands to what it is actually describing. I think the verse reads
"Yenidam sarvam vijanati, tam kena vijaniyat? sa esh neti neti Atma". So the
presence of Atma (Absolute) is already presumed. A simple question to ask
would be, does Madhyamika admit to there being anything once "everything"
has been negated?


p.s. I have not read the entire post you posted about whether or not
madhyamika is non-theistic.
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